Saturday, 13th October, 2012.

Talent Shines Through

     The cult of “celebs” is ramped by the Media very strongly.   Most keen on doing this is the gutter-press.   That gutter-press is lumped with other “news”-papers as “the popular dailies”.

So it’s great to hear that an entertainer with true talent is in the news presently.

Charlotte Church is a member of a campaign which, following the Leveson enquiry, wants to have a properly independent regulator for the Media.   Presently, that Media regulates itself!   And even we plebs can see through that wily trick.

The basis of Charlotte’s campaign centres round the intrusion by the press into the private lives of well-known people – but it also wants to stop such intrusion into less well-known folk:  people like you and me.

She has met with that nice Mr. Cameron, the Prime Minister in the Wasteminster government.

But she reports that Mr. Cameron – for reasons not specified – wants the Media to continue regulating its own, often corrupt practices.

Keep up your good work, Charlotte fach – common-sense will prevail one day.

Education Or Politics?

     Wasteminster’s Education Minister – whoever he or she is – tells us that, here in Wales, there needs to be fewer universities.   Oh, dear:  I can feel that dreaded question brewing up inside my head.   Look out, here it comes!   “Why?”

It took centuries for ordinary working people to have the right to gain a full education.   Alas, that right did not, and does not, appeal to the ruling-class.   Because, if the plebs become educated, they may start querying the status quo.   And that would upset the apple-cart, wouldn’t it?

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (a name with ingots in it) and SwanseaMetropolitanUniversity have accepted the proposal to unite.

But Cardiff Metropolitan Uni is fighting the merger with other universities.

The whole thinking behind these mergers is to save money, not to improve educational opportunities.   Great debts are still incurred by students, as many of my readers will know.   So fight on, Cardiff!

Another Campaign

     As I travelled the road between Carmarthen and Lampeter recently, I noticed lots and lots of posters campaigning for the proposed building of local wind-farms to be stopped.   It seems a very popular campaign.

One of the things which such campaigners claim is that wind-farms are health hazards.

As one who knows little about such matters – and I don’t think I’m alone in that – I must ask the campaigners to explain to us just what health-hazards wind-farms present.

There’s another such campaign going on at the moment up in Anglesey.   The campaign claims that just under 8,000 local people support their cause.   That’s about 11% of the island’s population.

Perhaps Anglesey Against Wind Turbines should take the opportunity to highlight the health-hazards of such things in a way clearly understandable to non-technical minds like mine.

That way, AAWT might reach the 8,000 supporters mark, hit 12%, by alerting a few more of the island’s population.


About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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